Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Social Networking – A Necessary Evil?

It’s that time of year – setting our goals and resolutions for 2015. Have you done yours?

I’m working on mine – mostly for my writing. I want to do a business plan, write more, and learn how to publicize and sell my books. What advertising works? What’s the most cost effective?  And what about social networking – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Blogging, Tsu and all the yahoo loops?

When it comes to social networking what works for you? How much time do you spend on it? I’ve heard people say you need to post to 5 times a day on Twitter, post twice a day to Facebook, Blog three or four times a week, spend an hour or two posting to the loops, and I’m not sure about Pinterest.

I Tweet maybe once a day. Facebook about two or three times a week. I’m on Tumblr and Pinterest, but don’t do anything there. I try to blog two and sometimes three times a week and I spend an hour or more reading the Yahoo loop posts. I respond to some, but mostly I lurk. I retweet or post to Facebook, or vote when people request but I don’t go back and post that I did it. This is an area where I think I need to spend more time and respond more.

What do you do? How much time should we be networking? What are your goals for next year? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And it’s New Year’s Eve – so celebrate the end of one year and the beginning on the next – if you follow the Gregorian calendar.

Happy New Year!



Thursday, December 25, 2014


Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the day. Happy Holidays to others who celebrate in different ways.
Thanks you for following my blog, guesting on it and supporting me.
I appreciate you all.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Everywhere

Are you ready? Do you have children or grandchildren ready to stay up and see Santa on Christmas Eve?
I was thinking about this and wondered about Christmas in different countries. So off I went to the internet. 

China - only about 1% of the population is Christian so only a few people know much about the tradition. It's only celebrated in the department stores. Santa (Shen Dan Lao Ren) is in the stores like in the US.

Germany - Celebrates Christmas and a big part is Advent with special Advent calendars. Christmas trees are popular and usually brought into the house on Christmas Eve. Presents are exchanged on Christmas Eve.
Russia - In the old Soviet Union Christmas wasn't celebrated. New Years was the important date. Now it's normally celebrated on January 7th. This is because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old Julian calendar for religious celebrations.
Italy - celebrates Christmas, usually with Nativity crib scene. It's set up December 8th, but the baby Jesus isn't put into the crib until the evening or night of December 24th.

So there's a little background for you as Santa circles the globe and we celebrate Christmas, each in our own special way.
And if you have a special tradition or custom, I'd love to hear about it.

Merry Christmas and happy Holidays from Canada (where we celebrate on the 25th with a tree, decorations, Nativity scenes, stockings, Christmas carols and turkey dinners.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Gift

It’s five days before Christmas.  Are you ready? Baking done? Gifts bought and wrapped? It’s time to enjoy the Christmas lights and sing carols. That’s the part I like best and my family knows that I sing along with all the Christmas songs. I’m not commercial and try to remember the spirit of Christmas and often give donations to people’s favorite charities as their gift.

Our topic this month is a gift you, our readers, and you deserve one.  Robin made a few suggestions including a poem. I don’t write poetry but I thought I’d share on of my favorite Christmas poems.


A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
When he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
When it's Christmas man is bigger and is better in his part;
He is keener for the service that is prompted by the heart.
All the petty thoughts and narrow seem to vanish for awhile
And the true reward he's seeking is the glory of a smile.
Then for others he is toiling and somehow it seems to me
That at Christmas he is almost what God wanted him to be.
If I had to paint a picture of a man I think I'd wait
Till he'd fought his selfish battles and had put aside his hate.
I’d not catch him at his labors when his thoughts are all of pelf,
On the long days and the dreary when he's striving for himself.
I'd not take him when he's sneering, when he's scornful or depressed,
But I'd look for him at Christmas when he's shining at his best.
Man is ever in a struggle and he's oft misunderstood;
There are days the worst that's in him is the master of the good,
But at Christmas kindness rules him and he puts himself aside
And his petty hates are vanquished and his heart is opened wide.
Oh, I don't know how to say it, but somehow it seems to me
              That at Christmas man is almost what God sent him here to be.
Edgar Albert Guest

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year and please check the posts by the other members of the great group.
Ginger Simpson
Fiona McGier
Diane Bator
Rachael Kosnski
Margaret Fieland
Helena Fairfax
Anne Stenhouse
Marci Baun
A.J. Maguire
Victoria Chatham
Kay Sisk
Skye Taylor
Rhobin Courtright


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I was going to do a Christmas blog but in the past week tsu has dominated the loops that I belong to.

Will it replace Facebook?

Some people are concerned that Facebook is going to change and start charging for services.  They feel tsu is an option to Facebook. Others feel tsu may be a scam.

I’d love to hear your opinion.

What do you know about tsu?

As a reader or writer will you join this social media?

I would really love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


My guest today is Anita Philmar and here’s her recipe for  Super Easy Fudge
(Sounds absolutely delicious.)

1 (8 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate bits
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
1 tsp. of instant coffee
Dash of salt
1/2 to 1 c. nuts
1  tsp. vanilla

Melt bits in milk over low heat, remove from heat and instant coffee, nuts and vanilla. Spread in lightly buttered 9 inch pan; chill until firm, cut.

Remove from pan. Store at room temperature. Better after 24 hours.

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by sci-fi programs, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where erotic moments come to life in a great read.

Naughty or Nice? Read her books and decide.
And here’s a blurb and excerpt to help you out.

Deputy’s Bride is an erotic, historical western that is a stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA. Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.

 Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling. Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head.

Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?


   “God, when is he going to get here,” Sarah muttered and strolled to the freestanding, oval mirror in the corner.

   Critically, she examined her silk dressing gown’s high collar. Unable to breathe with every button running down the front of garment secured, she’d only connected a few at her waist. The dark red robe highlighted her creamy complexion and light blonde hair.

   Through the open at the top, she viewed the curve of her breasts and the tight fit of her corset. The cream color almost matched her skin, creating the illusion that she was nude underneath. Tugging aside her wide skirt, she examined the long line of her legs. She’d opted to omit her bloomers. One, because with the fire raging in the fireplace, she was hot. Two, because she thought Mr. Kildare should get a glimpse of what he’d receive if he decided to make her his wife.

   Granted from what Madeline had told Sarah, the man wanted more than a dutiful wife. He sounded as if he were more like her deceased husband. Micah enjoyed playing extreme bedroom games.

   She frowned, thinking how much she’d missed sex in the last year. Not because she hadn’t had the chance to indulge. More because she hadn’t wanted to fall victim to the same power hungry crowd that Micah had belonged. She’d done enough for those bastards and she had no intentions of doing... 

   Knuckles hammered against her door.

   Brushing a nervous hand over her hair, she offered up a silent prayer that everything would work out before she rushed back to the doorway. After a quick breathe, she asked, “Who is it?”

   “Bo Kildare, I was sent by Madeline Cowden.”

   A masculine tone rang from the other side.

    His voice alone sent shivers racing over her skin. She flipped back the lock and inched open the door.

   “Yes, she said you might be stopping by.”

You can find Anita at these places:

Amazon Author Page

Thanks for dropping by Anita.

Some of the other authors taking part in the #HolidayRecipeExchange are:

Patricia Preston She's on Anita's blog this Saturday, Dec 13th 
Tina Gayle
Tiffany Smith and Andrea R. Cooper
You might ant to check out their yummy recipes.

I’m going to be posting a recipe on Anita’s blog on December 22nd. Drop by and check it out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Giveaway

It’s the holidays.  Kick back and come and chat with members of the Suspense, Thriller and Mystery Street Team for a chance to win gift cards, e-books or autographed books.

Here are the authors and member of the Team that will be around during the day Andrea Parnell, , Beverley Bateman, Cait Jarrod, Denise Moncrief, Dixie Brown, James DiBenedetto, Kim McMahill, LaVerne Clark and Rolynn Anderson.

Where: Tomorrow, December 10th starting at 10:00 am PST and continuing all day until 7:00 pm
Rolynn starts us off, followed by Cait and then me.

And here’s where to find us.

I hope some of you drop by for the fun and prizes.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sneak Peek Sunday ~ A Holiday Anthology (Volume Two) A Collection of Winter Holiday Tales Holiday Anthology Vol 2


A Holiday Anthology (Volume Two)

A Collection of Winter Holiday Tales



Please join us in reading this fantastically diverse FREE collection of stories to warm your heart while you wait for the kids, the oven to buzz, on a 15-minute break from work, or when you just need to hide for ten minutes from everyone! Every story is PG,but a few have a hint of zing.
The calendar on the wall says 2014 but the holidays are a magical time where anything is possible when it comes to romance. Prepare to travel through snow or to a tropical setting with a little dash of fantasy sprinkled in to make your holiday reading enjoyable. This heart-warming collection of all new, very short stories is our way of saying happy holidays to you.
Frankie's Wish by Jennifer Garcia
“Every night, as my daddy taught me, I kneeled by my bed and said my prayers. But tonight, I wanted to ask for something. “Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Oh, please bring me a mommy. Amen”


THE GIFT OF TIME by Rose Anderson
“Rose is a multi-published, award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and discovering interesting things to weave into stories. She lives with her family and small menagerie amid oak groves and prairie in the rolling glacial hills of the upper Midwest. Possessing an active imagination, she writes everything from children’s stories to historical non-fiction.”

FRANKIE'S WISH by Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer believes in writing love stories that connect families and touch hearts. Her first novel, My Mr. Manny, was released August 2013 and her first novella, In My Mother’s Footsteps, was released July 2013.

Lily Bishop lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense, and has published two books in the City Lights series, No Strings Attached and Under His Protection. She is working on the third book now.

In every age the heart loves, and Dee Ann Palmer's romances reflect those eras in fantasy, historic, contemporary and futuristic tales. The award winning Palmer is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and belongs to the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, book reviewer and musician from the Midwest. She is the author of the humorous urban fantasy/romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, and is the co-author of the Adventures of Joey Maverick series (with late husband Michael B. Caffrey).

Beverley Bateman is a Canadian author of several books who loves traveling, good wine and a mystery. She lives with her husband and two Shiba Inu dogs among vineyards and orchards set in lake country and surrounded by mountains – beaches, swimming and skiing.

Victoria Adams is a romance writer, dividing her writing between contemporary romance and New Adult contemporary romance. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and kitten, Licorice. She likes to study Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian belly dance), garden, and bake.

Although she has lived or traveled in every continent except Antarctica and Australia (bucket list), M. S. Spencer has spent the last thirty years mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. She has two fabulous grown children, and currently divides her time between the Gulf coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine. Ms. Spencer has published nine romantic suspense novels.

ROMANCE VALLEY by Kaye Spencer
Native Coloradoan Kaye Spencer writes romances from her basement hovel in a small, rural town in the far southeastern corner of Colorado—no mountains in sight—just prairie dogs, buffalo grass, and glorious prairie sunsets. While drawn to cowboys and the Old West, all genres are within her story-crafting realm. Retired from a long career in public education that included teaching through a community college outreach program, Kaye is enjoying being a full-time writer and spoiler of grandchildren. Kaye is also afflicted with ACD—Accumulative Cat Disorder—with no cure in sight.

Janis Susan May is a seventh-generation Texan and a third-generation wordsmith who writes mysteries as Janis Patterson, romances and other things as Janis Susan May, children’s books as Janis Susan Patterson and scholarly works and non-fiction as J.S.M. Patterson. Janis and her husband live in Texas with an assortment of rescued furbabies.

GEMMA JULIANA is a multi-published author who lives in an enchanted cottage in north Texas with her handsome hero, teen son and a comical dog. She loves making new friends and hearing from readers. Exotic coffee and chocolate fuel her creativity.

A KISS AND A PROMISE by Lyndi Lamont
Lyndi Lamont is the racy alter ego of author Linda McLaughlin, who writes historical and Regency Romance. Since becoming Lyndi Lamont, she has discovered that writing sexy romance is a license to be naughty, at least between the pages of a book.

E. Ayers is a multi-published and best-selling author of western and contemporary romances. Her books are never too sweet or too hot. She writes down the middle.


It is available for FREE at
will be available at Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo.


Last year's anthology is also available at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

l’École Polytechnique de Montréal
December 6 is a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
This is a Canadian day of remembrance and is also known informally as White Ribbon Day. On December 6, 1989, 14 women, individuals at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, were killed in a gender-based act of violence. The massacre occurred when Marc Lepine, an armed student, murdered the fourteen women and injured ten others, in the name of fighting feminism.

The women who died were:
Geneviève Bergeron                                     Hélène Colgan
 Nathalie Croteau                                             Barbara Daigneault
 Anne-Marie Edward                                      Maud Haviernick
 Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz                      Maryse Laganière
 Maryse Leclair                                                  Anne-Marie Lemay
 Sonia Pelletier                                                  Michèle Richard
 Annie St-Arneault                                           Annie Turcotte

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6th to be the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a day for communities and individuals to speak out against all forms of violence against women and its impact on victims and their families and friends.

Canadian flags on all federal buildings – including the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario – are flown at half-mast on December 6. Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute of silence on December 6 and to wear a white ribbon as a commitment to end violence against women. Candlelight vigils, memorial services, and other events are held throughout the country.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christma Spirit, Charity - No Money Involved

If you’re in the Christmas spirit and would like to support a charity, with a few minutes of time and not money, here’s a charity you can help. It’s one I donate to regularly.

Critter Care Wildlife Society has reached the semi-finals in the Aviva Community Fund Campaign to gain funds to extend their fawn enclosure and to modify and enlarge an existing enclosure to accommodate additional bear cubs. You can check them out at

To help Critter Care Wildlife Society you need to VOTE EVERY DAY. This is the key to winning. Please pass this note onto your family and friends and ask them to help as well.

Semi-finals begin Monday, Dec 1 – 10th

Thanks in advance to those that help by voting.